EmptyTURNER HEARS A KNOCK
Online chat technology company KnockNok has partnered with Turner Sports to host chat rooms focused on the NBA playoffs on TNT.tv and TNT OverTime on NBA.com. On a beta testing basis, Turner had utilized KnockNok for chat rooms on TNT OverTime for coverage of February's NBA All-Star Weekend and for coverage of the Masters last month.
NAPSTER KILLS DRM
Napster has stripped DRM from all paid downloads on its digital music service in favor of unprotected MP3s. As of Tuesday, all 6 million songs in the Napster catalog are now available to purchase without DRM protection. The new MP3 files will be of higher quality than the DRM version but still will cost 99 cents.
Add another video game to the mix that allows users to download new music. Sony released the latest in the "SingStar" karaoke franchise in the U.S. on the PlayStation3, which for the first time lets gamers buy new songs via the online SingStore. The game includes 30 singles, with access to "hundreds" of additional songs for $1.50 each.
CLEAR web RECEPTION
Clear Channel has agreed to provide its online programming to the Reciva line of Internet-connected radios. The deal includes content from more than 800 Clear Channel stations.
BOOM, BOOT AT AOL
AOL Music debuted a pair of new niche music sites: the Boom Box, dedicated to hip-hop; and the Boot, dedicated to country. They join genre- specific sites like Spinner.